Champaign School District proposes evening academy

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is proposing an Academic Alternative Evening Academy for the fall, to be housed at Central High School and operate from 4 to 8 p.m.

The school board heard details of the proposal at its meeting Monday night. The alternative school would have about 50 students in grades 10 through 12, who would have to apply and be accepted to the program.

Students learn about Iroquois Indians by building long home

CHAMPAIGN – Third-grade students at Robeson Elementary School can be transported back to the time when the Iroquois Indians lived in North America, before the white man ever set foot on its shores, just by stepping into the long home in their classroom.

Randy Bost's class studied the Iroquois Indians who lived in the northeastern United States. But the children were asking more questions than their book, or their teacher, could answer.

Six school board candidates square off over four M-S seats

MAHOMET – Six candidates are seeking four seats on the Mahomet-Seymour school board in Tuesday's election.

Candidates include incumbents Mark Gerst, Linda Isenhower and Terry Greene; and newcomers Vicki Niswander, Cheryl Melchi and Valerie Woodruff.

New program honors Danville teachers

DANVILLE – A legendary performer on Friday helped kick off a new initiative that gives Danville School District alumni and students a chance to recognize special teachers and other district employees.

In a video played at a Danville Community Public School Foundation event called "An Evening of Singing and Dancing," Dick Van Dyke introduced the foundation's Grateful Student Recognition Wall.

School board hopefuls offer views as Election Day nears

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school board candidates offered their ideas for the district, and what they could bring to the board, to voters before they go to the polls Tuesday.

The candidates – eight hopefuls for four open four-year terms and one candidate for a two-year term – appeared at a forum sponsored by the district's PTA Council on Thursday night.

Georgetown meet the candidates forum a modest hit

GEORGETOWN – The "Meet the School Board Candidates" forum on Thursday for the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school board was informative, if not well-attended.

Kerry Smith, the vice president of the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Education Association, served as moderator for the forum, which allowed candidates to speak to the public about themselves and their views.

Program for migrant students in OK'd

RANTOUL – Rantoul Township High School this summer will welcome migrant students into a new program for students from kindergarten through high school.

Board members unanimously approved the program, which has been run by Champaign schools for years, and authorized Superintendent David Requa to hire nine teachers, four aides, two administrators and three recruiters to run it.

Foreign-language program awarded grant from state

DANVILLE – Danville schools' foreign-language program could get a boost thanks to a state grant.

The $30,786 planning grant comes from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Arts Council. The organizations teamed up to offer more than $625,000 to 26 school districts to strengthen their arts and foreign language programs.

Three Urbana school board hopefuls list strengths

URBANA – The three candidates in the Urbana school district's only contested race each emphasize a unique skill they would bring to the school board.

Incumbent John Dimit said his 20 years of experience on the board will help the district as it faces a great deal of change, including its first new superintendent in 15 years, and a number of teacher and administrator retirements.

Students: He's a stand-up guy

DANVILLE – Tiarra Beaver expected to be bored in her U.S. history class. But so far, she hasn't had the chance.

She credits that to Harith Tamimie, whom she and classmates described as a skillful storyteller and stand-up comic masquerading as a high school history teacher.

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